416.807.1997 20 Leslie Suite 212 Toronto

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Not all studios are created equal!

Trying to choose between a few dance schools?

East Toronto families are lucky to have so many options when choosing extracurricular activities. As parents, we understand how difficult it can be to make the right choice. Our primary concern at The Leslieville School of Dance is the growth of your children, not only in dance but in life. It is an incredible process to watch your child come out of their shell, to see their confidence bloom and the effect that this has on their interaction with the world.

We keep our classes small (maximums of 6-12 depending on age) so that we can give each child a high level of individual attention. We emphasize positive body image and attaining personal bests, leaving no room for gossiping, bullying or negative competition amongst peers. Our instructors have been carefully selected for not only their professional training and industry experience, but also for their temperament, patience and ability to inspire children and adults alike. Every staff member at our studio is truly a great role model to their students.

From The National Ballet School of Canada, the prestigious Ryerson University Dance Program, the Royal Danish Ballet, Petrouchka School of Ballet, and the renowned Deborah Colker Centre of Movement to name only a few, our educators are of the highest caliber. With their help, we design our curriculum to be above and beyond the traditional RAD standard.

The Leslieville School of Dance is a boutique-style studio offering the finest quality in dance education. Located in a secure building, with studio viewing windows and tons of natural light, our location can’t be beat. Unlimited parking and close proximity to two major grocery stores, Canadian Tire, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and more. There is also a Starbucks and Tim Hortons next door for your coffee fix! Drop your dancer off and get your shopping done, or bring a book and relax on our roof-top deck with a view.

Serving Leslieville, The Distillery, Riverdale and The Beach, join us to see why The Leslieville School of Dance should be your first choice of neighbourhood dance schools.

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  • We were so excited to find Monarch Movement. Not only does director and teacher Kristen Dennis have an excellent ballet pedigree (National Ballet School and Company etc. etc.) she is also a fabulous teacher – particularly of children. Children get a strong foundation in technique but they also learn to enjoy dancing with creative time in each class and also several performance opportunities on real stages. MM Camps are fun for the kids, with a wide variety of activities with impressive teachers (e.g. art taught by an OCAD grad). Movie Nights are fun for kids and give the adults a chance to have a “date night”! I can’t say enough good things about Monarch Movement!

    Alexandra Fawcett
  • My daughter has been with Monarch Movement for almost 3 years. I feel it has given her confidence in performing and being in front of an audience. It is very well organized and Kristen the creator gives it her all and is so patient as a teacher. The girls really look up to her and I think she’s a great role model to have. It’s a terrific program if you are looking for a structured group lesson that requires attention and concentration. The Friday movie nights that are offered are fantastic as well. Would highly recommend it.

    Angie Kapetanou
  • One of the East side’s best kept secrets! The teachers love what they do and it shows. For a trail run, check out their movie night events (dance lesson, dinner & a movie) which allows enough time for parents to have a date night. The summer camps are also wonderful and my 3 & 6 year old adore the diverse and active range of activities. And for more professional experiences, sign up for dance lessons (kids and adults). All skill levels and ages are embraced and the teachers are positive and fabulous!

    Jennifer Long
  • Monarch Movement is an amazing organization. Kristen has provided a wonderful platform for young children to learn, dance and be creative. It is wonderful to see how Monarch Movement flourished over the years to become a favourite with local children and families.

    Kate Nowak
  • We adore Monarch — for three years we’ve been taking lessons, attending camps, and taking advantage of movie nights, and it’s all been wonderful. The teachers are caring and patient and so dedicated to the kids. We’re extremely happy we found Monarch Movement.

    Jenny Govier
  • Fantastic patient and talented teachers! Love how they focus on a positive body image and celebrate strong healthy bodies.

    Jaclyn Appleby
  • Miss Kristen and Miss Larissa provide a warm and fun experience for the kids. Monarch Movement allows young dancers to appreciate this art and sport, while teaching discipline and perseverance.

    Grace Gutierrez
  • Our family adores Monarch Movement. The teachers, the space, and the quality of dance are all of the highest standard. It’s simply fabulous.

    Adele Hagan
  • Monarch Movement is a wonderful place for kids to learn dance and movement. It’s a safe and fun environment with lots of love behind it all.

    Tara Nicodemo